HBO BOXING AFTER DARK®: STEVEN LUEVANO VS. JUAN MANUEL LOPEZ AND
YURIORKIS GAMBOA VS. ROGERS MTAGWA RINGS IN THE NEW YEAR WITH A HARD-HITTING DOUBLEHEADER SATURDAY, JAN. 23
HBO BOXING AFTER DARK® kicks off 2010 with an explosive featherweight doubleheader from the Big Apple when STEVEN LUEVANO VS. JUAN MANUEL LOPEZ AND YURIORKIS GAMBOA VS. ROGERS MTAGWA is presented SATURDAY, JAN. 23 (9:45 p.m. live ET/tape-delayed PT) from the WaMu Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City, exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team of blow-by-blow announcer Bob Papa, commentator Max Kellerman and expert analyst Lennox Lewis will be ringside for the event, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino.
Other HBO playdates: Jan. 24 (10:00 a.m.) and 25 (11:30 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Jan. 24 (5:45 p.m.) and 26 (11:00 p.m.)
Making his sixth title defense, featherweight champ Steven Luevano (37-1-1, 15 KOs) of La Puente, Cal. meets undefeated, fast-rising Juan Manuel Lopez of Caguas, Puerto Rico (27-0, 24 KOs). Luevano is an experienced fighter who uses his range and speed to tactically pick apart opponents. His challenger, junior featherweight titleholder Lopez, looks to prove that his technically sound style and power punching will be just as effective at 126 pounds when he moves up a weight class for this 12-round slugfest.
The opening bout pits undefeated featherweight titleholder Yuriorkis Gamboa of Guantanamo, Cuba (16-0, 14 KOs) against veteran challenger Rogers Mtagwa of Dodoma, Tanzania (26-13-2, 18 KOs) in a 12-round fight for Gamboa’s 126-pound crown. With incredible hand speed and the ability to attack from all angles, knockout artist Gamboa has made quick work of nearly every fighter he’s faced to date. Opponent Mtagwa is a battle-tested, aggressive fighter with a wide-open style. Last October, he brought the pressure to Juan Manuel Lopez, putting the junior featherweight champ on the ropes in the late rounds before losing in a close decision.
The executive producer of HBO BOXING AFTER DARK is Rick Bernstein; producer, Jonathan Crystal; director, Mike Sheehan.
® HBO BOXING AFTER DARK is a registered service mark of Home Box Office, Inc.
HBO SPORTS SHOWCASES WORLD-CLASS WELTERWEIGHT SUPERSTARS WHEN
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®: SHANE MOSLEY VS. ANDRE BERTO
IS SEEN LIVE SATURDAY, JAN. 30 ON HBO
HBO Sports comes out swinging in 2010 as two welterweight superstars collide on WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: SHANE MOSLEY VS. ANDRE BERTO, presented live SATURDAY, JAN. 30 (10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT) from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, exclusively on HBO. The WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING team will be ringside for the event, which will be closed-captioned for the hearing impaired, presented in HDTV and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino.
Other HBO playdates: Jan. 31 (9:30 a.m.) and Feb. 1 (10:45 p.m.)
HBO2 playdate: Jan. 31 (6:15 p.m.)
Pomona, Cal. native “Sugar” Shane Mosley (46-5, 39 KOS) is a 38-year-old battle-tested veteran who becomes more impressive with each ring appearance. In his two most recent performances, Mosley knocked out world champs Ricardo Mayorga and Antonio Margarito, enhancing a remarkable record that already included two victories over Oscar de la Hoya. Now, “Sugar” Shane looks to add Berto’s name to his list of dethroned champions and reaffirm his elite standing in the talent-rich 147-pound division.
With overwhelming explosiveness and lightning speed, Andre Berto (25-0, 19 KOs) of Winter Haven, Fla. has battled his way through boxing’s deepest division with an unblemished record. At 26 years old, the aggressive Berto has defeated the likes of Steve Forbes, Luis Collazo and Juan Urango, and is about to face his fiercest and most decorated opponent to date.
The bout marks only the second time Berto has fought on the bright stage of Las Vegas, while Mosley has battled the likes of de la Hoya, Winky Wright and Fernando Vargas in the Vegas spotlight.
All WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING events are broadcast in HDTV. HBO viewers must have access to the HBO HDTV channel to watch HBO programming in high definition.
The executive producer of WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING is Rick Bernstein; producer, Thomas Odelfelt; director, Marc Payton.
® WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING is a registered service mark of Home Box Office, Inc.